Going to the zoo is a fun summertime activity. Many schools and child care centers go on field trips to local zoos. Even if you can’t take them to the zoo you can bring the animals to life for the kiddos. Welcome to the Zoo is a kind of play on words that most parents get when they see the sign on the classroom door. 😉
These are some of our favorite books that bring the zoo to life for little ones.
My favorite preschool site (besides this one) is teachpreschool.org. She has a really nice early math flannel board lesson using the book Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert.
After reading Goodnight Gorilla the zoo activity at simplylearning.com will be great fun for very young kiddos.
The blog 3dinosaurs.com has some great large motor activities, as well as some letter recognition ideas around the book 1, 2, 3, Zoo by Eric Carl.
Large Motor Zoo Fun
Kids In Motion
Year after year our preschoolers have loved Greg & Steve’s Kids In Motion CD. For this theme we play Animal Action I & II. They love doing their impression of each animal. You can purchase it here.
Another of my favorite preschool sites is pinkoatmeal.com. She does sell her lessons, usually for just $3.00. This lesson is all large motor activities.
This project is so simple. We’ve been doing this project for years with zoo, farm, pets, and wild animals. When I saw it on teachpreschool.org one of my favorite preschool sites, I knew I should share it too. Just round up a few of the appropriate animals, some corresponding paint, paper plates or some shallow trays for the paint, and paper. Have the children dip the hooves or paws into the paint and take their animal for a walk on the paper.
Handprint Zoo Animals
Handprint animals with teacher painted details.We began this labor intensive project Monday morning while the children did the Making Tracks project. The latter being a more open ended. This hand print project is so cute though!
Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh My!
Well lions anyway. Teachers just cut the center out of paper plates for the class. Teachers or children can cut brown, orange, and yellow strips. The children glue strips in a pattern, onto their plate. Orange, yellow, brown, repeat. Add a craft stick and they have their lion masks.